No Kill Shelters – Are They Really Kinder Than Kill Shelters

Why Do Kill Shelters Exist?

The reason why kill shelters exist is because they save lives. A person may die from a disease or accident, but if it were not for the quick action of someone else, then that life would have been lost. If every human died tomorrow, there wouldn’t be enough food for everyone to eat and all humans would starve to death. However, if one person dies each day due to a preventable cause, then society saves money and resources to feed those living today. The same principle applies to animals. If every dog died tomorrow, there would be nothing left for new dogs to breed with. Society could care less about saving the lives of animals; however, it does so out of compassion for their well being and future welfare.

Kill Shelters: Why Do They Exist?

There are two main reasons why kill shelters exist. One is to protect the pets and other animals that cannot survive in a healthy environment. The second reason is to provide financial assistance to the families of victims of natural disasters or war. There are many different types of shelters such as humane societies, rescue groups, and others that assist in these endeavors.

These types of shelters are the ones that contain animals until they are either adopted or transferred to another registered shelter. If demand for animals is too high and the supply is too low, then certain measures need to be taken in order to make room for more animals.

Annually, three to four million animals are euthanized in the united states alone. In many countries, this number can be as high as 20 million. Animal control officers are not required to have a certain amount of training. While some ensure that the animals are put down in the most humane way possible, others may be under the assumption that they need to kill as many animals as possible. Regardless of the type of shelter, a kill shelter is a place where animals are held until they can be adopted or, sadly, if they’re not adopted they will be put down.

Why Do We Need No-Kill Shelters?

No-kill shelters exist in order to ensure that every animal is adopted into a loving home. For this reason, many no-kill shelters will not euthanize animals unless it is absolutely necessary. They are also more welcoming to stray animals and will not turn them away, as long as they are not dangerous to other animals or humans. There are also many different types of no-kill shelters. For example, there are some that are small and contain only a few animals while others may have hundreds of them.

What Qualifies An Animal Shelter As A No-Kill?

While the label of no-kill is desired by all animal shelters, it is reserved for those who put in the extra effort in order to achieve this status. Many people believe that all it takes to be considered a no-kill shelter is not putting animals down. While this is certainly a noble cause, there are other factors to consider.

First of all, a no-kill shelter will only put down animals if they are too injured or sick to be fixed or if they are a threat to others. It is rare that an animal will be put down for the sole reason of being unwanted or aggressive.The animals that are put down are often old, aggressive, or sick.

No-kill shelters also take in as many animals as they can as long as they have the resources to care for them. They also help to promote animal welfare by microchipping and vaccinating their animals against rabies and other deadly viruses.

No-kill shelters also offer services such as training and behavior consults in order to help place animals in a home. The shelter also works to prevent animals from ending up in the shelter by promoting owner retention and working with people facing hardships.

Why Does It Matter If An Animal Shelter Qualifies As A No-Kill?

The no-kill movement began in the 1990’s when shelters started to become more aware of the amount of animals that we’re euthanized in their shelters. In the US, around that time, around six to eight million animals were euthanized. By 2014, this number decreased to two to four million, which is still too high. These animals that are put down are often scared and confused as to why they are there in the first place. They don’t understand why they are about to die, and neither do their caretakers. In addition to that, the euthanization methods are not always quick or painless. While a lethal injection seems like a “clean” way to put an animal to death, there have been cases where the animal has been conscious for several minutes while the deadly drug takes effect.

Due to the decrease in euthanizations, there has also been an increase in shelter intakes. This means that more unwanted animals are entering shelters than ever before.

In order to prevent these animals from being killed in their cages, no-kill shelters must be willing to accept all animals and work hard to find them new homes. By achieving no-kill status, a shelter can save the lives of thousands of animals every year.

Remember, your shelter works for you. If you would like to see your local shelter achieve no-kill status, you can advocate for them to do so!

If you do not like the job your shelter is doing, you have the right to adopt elsewhere or even start your own no-kill shelter in your area. Some shelters are more no-kill friendly than others so it can take some time before they achieve the goal of saving every animal’s life. This is why your support in helping shelters save lives is so vital to success.

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The value of animal life: how should we balance quality against quantity? by P Sandoe, SB Christiansen – ANIMAL WELFARE-POTTERS BAR THEN …, 2007 –

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